Samantha, 22 years old, approaches the pharmacy counter and asks to speak to the pharmacist in private. “This is so embarrassing, but I need a cream for an itch by my bottom where these funny bumps have appeared,” she says.
Upon questioning, you discover Samantha has not been eating well since starting university and is under a lot of stress and pressure with her workload. Samantha has not had much time to cook for herself and has resorted more frequently to microwave meals and takeaways. Samantha has also been consuming a lot more energy drinks and isn’t drinking as much water.
Samantha’s change to a student lifestyle has affected her bowels and resulted in irregular bowel movements, causing her to strain when she goes to the bathroom.